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How to build your own Watson Jeopardy! supermachine

If you don't want your own Watson question-and-answer machine after watching the supercomputer whup the human race on Jeopardy! last week, you must be a lawyer. Only lawyers think they already have all the answers.

Debian 6: Have your Debian and eat your Ubuntu too

Review A new version of Debian was once cause for celebration in Linux circles - no doubt it still is in some quarters. Debian's offspring Ubuntu, though, has managed to steal much of the thunder lately.
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Better trading practices

Workshop It’s 2011, the age of high-speed electronic communications, and we still see companies faxing orders to suppliers and insisting on paper invoices. Banks are still struggling to recognise the real person among the tangle of account records they maintain, and calling a telco customer services line with even the simplest of requests can mean hanging on for ages only to be passed infuriatingly from department to department.
Dale Vile, 21 Feb 2011
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EchoStar goes 2-way with Hughes acquisition

EchoStar is spending around $2bn to buy up Hughes Communications, adding fixed communications to the mobile acquisitions made by its subsidiary Dish Networks earlier this month.
Bill Ray, 21 Feb 2011
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Twitter cuts off two fat client apps

Twitter cut off two of its biggest client apps on Friday, only reconnecting them on Sunday after they had implemented unspecified changes to their code.
Bill Ray, 21 Feb 2011
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Chip maker cocks snook at Apple with IPAD family

You have to admire chip maker STMicroelectronics' cojones - or boggle at the company's seeming stupidity. It is promoting the word 'iPad' as both an acronym and a trademark.
Tony Smith, 21 Feb 2011
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Say it with pictures

Workshop “Believe it or not, I can actually draw,” Michelangelo is supposed to have said. What would he have made of today’s diagramming software? Go to the pub and wax lyrical about your new iPad and you might be the object of keen interest. Move onto the subject of the latest diagramming software and you may start wondering who your friends are.
Ken Young, 21 Feb 2011
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Nissan readies ultra-low CO2 petrol engine for Micra

Nissan's presence at next month's Geneva Motor Show may be dominated by its Leaf e-car and ESFlow concept e-sportster, but it will also be unwrapping a petrol engine it claims will deliver the world's lowest carbon output.
Tony Smith, 21 Feb 2011
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Westboro Baptist Church taunts Anonymous over supposed attack plan

Westboro Baptist Church, the controversial church of God Hates Fags infamy, claims that the legions of Anonymous are planning to attack its website.
John Leyden, 21 Feb 2011
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Mozilla ices Firefox 4 beta 12 release to nail final bugs

Mozilla looks set to miss its February deadline for the release of its forthcoming browser Firefox 4.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Feb 2011
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Who needs 600 friends when you're a bride of Christ?

A Spanish nun has been kicked out of her closed religious order after clocking up 600 friends on Facebook.
Joe Fay, 21 Feb 2011
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UK biz prejudiced against public sector staff

The Coalition government's hope that the private sector will soak up staff laid off from the public sector took a blow today from a survey showing more than half of UK businesses would not employ people from the public sector.
John Oates, 21 Feb 2011
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Passport office loses applications

The Identity and Passport Office (IPS) has been reprimanded by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) for losing 21 passport renewal forms.
John Oates, 21 Feb 2011
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Huawei drops 3Leaf buy

Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer Huawei has withdrawn from its controversial takeover deal for US server firm 3Leaf Systems following objections from US politicians and regulators.
John Leyden, 21 Feb 2011
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Motorola 'flagship' Honeycomb tablet to ship sans Flash

Will Brits who choose to splash out on Motorola's 10in Android tablet, Xoom, be able to view Adobe Flash-encoded content? Americans won't.
Tony Smith, 21 Feb 2011
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Microsoft flash research inspires EMC

EMC is using Microsoft research into flash use as a memory tier between DRAM and disk drives to speed up Data Domain deduplication.
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2011
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Huawei to gift underground coverage to London

Huawei is apparently planning to give away the kit necessary to connect up the London tube, with O2 and Vodafone paying for installation the underground could be covered by the Olympics.
Bill Ray, 21 Feb 2011
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Bahrain Grand Prix may be postponed

Updated The Bahrain Grand Prix is likely to be postponed until the end of the season following continuing protests against the government in the state.
John Oates, 21 Feb 2011
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Cowon D3 Plenue Android media player

Review Like it or loathe it the Apple iPod Touch continues to maintain its position as the default choice for punters after a touchscreen media player. The recent arrival of the Archos 43 came close to tipping it off its perch but the cost-saving resistive screen let it down and the least said about Samsung's Galaxy 50 Player the better.
Alun Taylor, 21 Feb 2011
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Apple iOS dominates Euro smartphone usage

How have the great mobile operating systems been faring in the UK and Europe over the past year? Mobile internet access gives us a picture.
Tony Smith, 21 Feb 2011
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Top execs fly from Alibaba after supplier frauds

Two top execs at e-commerce giant Alibaba have taken the fall for alleged fraud by some of the suppliers on its platforms.
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Exhibition to applaud videogames as art

There is an art to computer games which stretches beyond the act of skilful button bashers being gods at Ghosts & Goblins. A major exhibition will next year explore the evolution of videogames as an artistic medium.
Caleb Cox, 21 Feb 2011
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CSR slots Zoran into connected future

Cambridge-based CSR is merging with the Californian Zoran Corporation, creating a top 10 fabless electronics company with chip designs for wireless connectivity and video processing.
Bill Ray, 21 Feb 2011
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Stay-at-home PayPal crook used stolen funds to buy gold bullion

A computer crook who swindled eBay customers out of more than £185,000 has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
John Leyden, 21 Feb 2011
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Facebook reviews smut policy after slave site uprising

Facebook has announced it is actively reviewing its policy of a total ban on all content relating to sexual activities.
Jane Fae , 21 Feb 2011
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Government defends need for census

The census director at the Office of National Statistics has said that the UK's national census remains incredibly important amid criticism from privacy groups about its effectiveness.
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Software suppliers not ready for HMRC online tax filing system

Updated The filing of corporate tax online is set to become mandatory in the UK in April this year, despite questions being raised about the implementation of the software underpinning the government's shift to the web.
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Feb 2011
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Latvian film fan pops cap in loud popcorn eater

Updated Latvian cops cuffed a 27-year-old man on Saturday for allegedly popping a cap in a fellow cinemagoer for eating popcorn too loudly during a screening of Black Swan.
Lester Haines, 21 Feb 2011
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God-game creator granted Bafta gong

Lauded game designer Peter Molyneux is to become a Bafta Fellow at this year's British Academy Video Games Awards.
Caleb Cox, 21 Feb 2011
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Facebook telly app wins £60k from Samsung

Samsung's Smart TV Challenge has been won by a telly-recommending Facebook-friendly app - although the public preferred the runner-up.
Bill Ray, 21 Feb 2011
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Sheep as smart as humans: Official

A Cambridge Uni prof has provocatively suggested that sheep aren't actually as thick as a Fair Isle woollen sweater, and can match humans in the tricky task of identifying food amid a confusion of buckets.
Lester Haines, 21 Feb 2011
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Nintendo celebrates Legend of Zelda silver anniversary

Twenty-five years ago today, The Legend of Zelda hit shelves in Japan and one of the most popular game franchises of all time was born.
Caleb Cox, 21 Feb 2011
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Google threatens Chrome address bar with death

Google is exploring several "major" changes to the Chrome user interface, including a particularly compact user interface that actually hides the URL address bar when pages aren't loading.
Cade Metz, 21 Feb 2011
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Oracle debuts carrier-grade Sparc T3 servers

Oracle needs to protect and preserve the server business that Sun Microsystems built up with telecommunications firms and service providers. And that's why the company is moving its homegrown Sparc T3 processor into a new line of ruggedized, DC-powered Netra machines.
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Software is the secret sauce in storage sales

NetApp has reported another  great quarter.
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Flash drives dangerously hard to purge of sensitive data

In research that has important findings for banks, businesses and security buffs everywhere, scientists have found that computer files stored on solid state drives are sometimes impossible to delete using traditional disk-erasure techniques.
Dan Goodin, 21 Feb 2011
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Apple 'greed' tax spreads beyond music, movies, magazines

Apple's recently enacted "give us 30 per cent of your subscription revenue" dictum is metastasizing beyond online magazines, newspapers, music services, and video apps, ensnaring at least one software-as-a-service app as well.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Feb 2011
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iiNet fattens up after eating Netspace and AAPT consumer arm

iiNet’s acquisition frenzy has delivered strong results for the Perth-based ISP, which produced revenue growth of 45 per cent to A$330m in its half-year results.
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D-Link: Vendors can do more to support channels

Local gadget channels arguably suffer just as badly as bookstores from internet parallel importation. Showing off the company’s 2011 product range (first seen at CE) to customers and channel partners yesterday, D-Link’s Australian marketing director Maurice Famularo told El Reg the question of channel support is becoming very thorny for anyone addressing the consumer market.
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Ethernet, Fibre Channel sales boom in Q4

Networking and telecom market watcher Dell'Oro Group says that shipments of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 8 Gb/sec Fibre Channel adapters are booming. And, somewhat surprisingly, they're not eating into each other, despite the convergence of server and storage fabrics with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support on mny 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches.
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Acer in alleged Chrome OS monitor plot

Updated Update: Heise has updated its story on the Acer DX241H to say that the PC will not run Chrome Os. It will merely be loaded with Google's Chrome browser.
Cade Metz, 21 Feb 2011
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Windows Phone 7 gets 'goodie' update

Windows Phone 7 users – both of them? – are about to be treated to their first software update. But even Microsoft admits that it's no big deal.
Rik Myslewski, 21 Feb 2011